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					COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY    LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION
GENERAL ASSEMBLY         LOCAL MANDATE FISCAL IMPACT ESTIMATE
2000 REGULAR SESSION                    1998-1999 INTERIM

MEASURE

2000 RS BR 2612                                Amendment:               Committee          Floor

Bill #: SB 342                                 Amendment #


SUBJECT/TITLE           Minimum Salary for Mayors of cities of the second through fifth class

SPONSOR          Sen. Marshall Long

MANDATE SUMMARY

Unit of Government:       X    City;              County;       X      Urban County Government

Program/
Office(s) Impacted:    Mayor's Office

Requirement:              X     Mandatory                   Optional

Effect on
Powers & Duties          X    Modifies Existing             Adds New           Eliminates Existing


PURPOSE/MECHANICS

SB 342 establishes a minimum salary level for mayors of the second through fifth class cities.



FISCAL EXPLANATION/BILL PROVISIONS                                            ESTIMATED COST


The effect of SB 342 is indeterminable, but is expected to be moderate. The minimum salary
provisions of SB 342 are not mandated for all mayors, but only apply if the legislative body of the
city finds and declares that the office of mayor is a full-time executive and administrative office.
Thus, the salary provisions should not effect part-time mayors who do not have extensive duties, or
mayors in smaller cities. Where the legislative body of the city finds and declares the mayor a full-
time position, SB 342 establishes the minimum salary for mayors in cities of the second through
the fifth class as detailed in the following table.

                         Type of City                       Minimum Salary
                         Second Class                              $48,000
                         Third Class                               $36,000



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                         Fourth Class                                $24,000
                         Fifth Class                                 $12,000


Complete information on the current salaries of mayors across the Commonwealth is lacking. In
1999 the Kentucky League of Cities attempted a survey of salaries of locally elected officials, but
the response to the survey was not complete. The partial data League of Cities did receive
indicates a wide variety in the salary of mayors in cities across the state. For example, in second
class cities, the salary for full-time mayors ranges from a high of $73,995 in Lexington to a low of
$14,392 reported as the salary for the mayor of Henderson. A similar range can be seen in cities of
the third class, where the high salary reported was $48,726 for the mayor of Georgetown, and the
low was $4,200 for the mayor of Shively.

The nature of the mayor's role is very important. In cities of the fourth class, salaries for full-time
mayors were much greater than part-time mayors. Among those cities responding to the League of
Cities survey, cities of the fourth class with a full-time mayor, paid an average of $26,933 for the
mayor's salary. Cities of the fourth class with a part-time mayor paid an average of $6,238 for the
mayor's salary. Should the minimum salaries be applied only to full time mayors, it appears the
impact would be moderate for most cities.

DATA SOURCE(S)             Gene Stinchcomb, KY League of Cities; Donna Weaver, LRC

PREPARER        Tom Hewlett                           REVIEW                    DATE




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